What is a pop quiz?

A pop quiz is something quite common in American schools. It’s basically a quiz that is given by the teacher without prior warning – and it’s purpose is to make sure that students are keeping up with their readings and are remembering the necessary facts.




It’s almost always a short quiz that can be completed in 15 minutes or less, and it usually has a very small impact on the overall grade that a student receives for that course.

Here’s an example of it’s usage:

Pop Quiz in a Sentence



"My teacher Ms. Smith gave us a pop quiz today.  
It was very easy since I’ve been studying every day."



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